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Old 11-14-2007, 03:45 AM   #1
Benny Blanco
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This may sound odd, but how the hell do I get the beer smell out of my primary bucket? I've soaked with C-brite, oxyclean, and bleach and yet it still lingers!

This concerns me because I hope I don't have any nooks in my bucket bacteria can hide in. Is this smell normal?

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Old 11-14-2007, 03:57 AM   #2
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I've read that you should soak the vessel in a soloution of water and baking soda. I really don't know the ratio but I used a 1tbsp per gallon earlier today and it almost worked. Try 2tbsp per gallon.
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Old 11-14-2007, 04:16 AM   #3
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Let it reek (as long as it's clean that is) 1 beer won't pick up the smell from another.

If you're making wine the keep them seperate but if it's all beer then just soak in oxyclean to clean and call it good

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Old 11-14-2007, 02:58 PM   #4
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Yes, it is normal. But to be certain it is the bucket you are smelling, leave it outside overnight, then check it.
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Old 11-14-2007, 03:03 PM   #5
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In all seriousness after you wash it lay it down. If you stand it up the smell stays longer. If you lay it down it it seems to go away. Really. I'm not pulling your leg.

But after a while you can't get rid of it until you buy a new one. I have about 4 buckets that are over 13 years old.
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Old 11-14-2007, 03:11 PM   #6
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I normally soak mine in water and dish detergent or oxyclean or anything that cleans the bucket... but I let it soak literally for 2-3 days sometimes with the lid on - as long as I don't need the bucket before. Each day I'll grab the bucket and shake the soap/cleanser into solution until I see a bunch of bubbles, repeat for 2-3 days, dump and clean again.

My buckets don't smell like old batches of beer...
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Old 11-14-2007, 09:44 PM   #7
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i've done a baking soda soak over night...seemed to help, and baking soda is hella cheap
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Old 11-14-2007, 10:10 PM   #8
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Oxiclean is sodium precarbonate and sodium bicarbonate (baking soda)

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Old 11-14-2007, 10:23 PM   #9
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I'll confirm the baking soda deal. This is what I do when I get cornie kegs to rid them of the soda aroma. Leave overnight, dump, rinse, good as new.

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Old 11-15-2007, 03:03 AM   #10
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Nice. I'll give baking soda a try and report back.

To be honest, now it kinda smells like feet or ass...hard to explain...almost like 100 farts got in a fight with 100 feet and the feet won.

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